It’s time to celebrate in Sydney, and not just because it’s Christmas, but because same-sex couples are being offered free use of some of Sydney’s most prominent wedding venues!
Yes, the good folk of Sydney Inner West and Sydney City Councils are waiving the wedding venue hire fees for gay and lesbian couples only, for 100 days after same-sex marriage legally comes into practice.
“We have one of the largest and proudest LGBTQI communities in Australia,” explained Councillor Darcy Byrne, about the decision, “and the inner west must lead the national charge for civil rights.”
The Lord Mayor of Sydney, whose support for the ‘yes’ campaign helped to push the motion through, said the 100 day fee waive was a “celebratory gesture for a group that has been sidelined and discriminated against for so long.”
Same-sex marriage was legalised on 9th December 2017 and the first same-sex wedding in Australia was expected to take place 30 days later on 9th January, 2018 (allowing for the 30 day waiting period couples must adhere to after registering their intent to marry). However, some couples sought an exemption and married this weekend (16th December). Amy and Lauren became the first lesbian couple to marry in Australia. Congratulations!
Read more at abc.net.au